JFamily &
PJ Library

JFAMILY - Connection, community & engagement
JFamily is a JCA program bringing families and children together around Jewish values, holidays and culture. We offer a warm welcome for families looking to connect. Our programs provide opportunities to socialize, explore, celebrate and create community.

 

PJ Library®
“PJ Library” and “PJ Library logo” are registered trademarks of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. All rights reserved.
With generous funding from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, every month PJ Library sends free Jewish books to families around the world raising Jewish children 6 months through 8 years old. PJ Library shares stories that celebrate Jewish values, culture, and tradition, all at no cost to families. Free Jewish chapter books for 9-11 year-olds are available at PJ Our Way. The JCA also offers special events and programs through PJ Library and JFamily.

 

To sign up to receive free books, please contact PJ Library and JFamily Coordinator Andrea Krasker Gavin at pjlibrary@mainejewish.org or (207) 772-1959.

Jewish New Year Cheer – Care Package Delivery

Tuesday, September 19, afternoon or early evening
Greater Portland
Volunteer to deliver Rosh Hashanah care packages assembled by Jewish Family Services to elders in our community. Bring new year cheer with your pre-holiday visit. Respond to Andrea at 772-1959 or pjlibrary@mainejewish.org to be connected with a community member to visit.

Rosh Hashanah Havdalah

Saturday, September 23, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland
Join PJ Library and Josh Pernick, Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, for stories, edible crafts and Havdalah (a brief ceremony with wine, a braided candle and special spices that mark the end of Shabbat while bringing its sweetness into the week). Pajamas welcome!

Play for a Cause

Thursday, September 28, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Greenlight Studio, 49 Dartmouth Street, Portland
Greenlight Studio, Jewish Family Services and PJ Library are teaming up to celebrate Diaper Need Awareness Week! Bring diapers to donate to families in need and receive $4 off all-day admission to indoor play space Greenlight Studio. Join us between 10:30-11:30 am for story time and a craft with PJ Library. Let’s cover some bottoms and have some fun!

Sukkot Social

Tuesday, October 3rd, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland
Get ready for the upcoming holiday of Sukkot with a social in the sukkah (a special temporary structure). Beverages and edible sukkot craft materials provided, please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share (no meat please). Pajamas and flashlights welcome!

Family Havdalah: The Story of Noah and the Flood

Saturday, October 21, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland
Join PJ Library and Josh Pernick, Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, for stories, edible crafts and Havdalah (a brief ceremony with wine, a braided candle and special spices that mark the end of Shabbat while bringing its sweetness into the week). Pajamas welcome!

 

Tot Shabbat with PJ Library

Saturday, November 4, 10:00 AM
Beth Israel Congregation - Minnie Brown Center
906 Washington Street, Bath
Celebrate Shabbat with songs, games and crafts. This program is designed for preschoolers and their families.

Shalom Baby Shower

Sunday, November 12, 9:30 - 10:30 AM
JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland
Mazel Tov! PJ Library invites families who have welcomed a new child in the past year to join us to celebrate your newest family member! Please join us for a nosh and some playtime. Meet other new parents and receive a welcome gift for your child. RSVP to Andrea at
207-772-1959 or pjlibrary@mainejewish.org so we can have your child’s gift ready.

 

Shabbat Potluck

Friday, November 17th, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland
Welcome Shabbat with a community dinner and discussion of the JCA’s new JFamily program. Bring your ideas for family events and activities and a favorite dairy/vegetarian dish to share (no meat please). RSVP to Andrea at 772-1959 or akraskergavin@mainejewish.org.

Tzedakah Celebration with Jewish Family Services

Thursday, December 7, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland
Join us for a family tzedakah (righteous giving) party celebrating the end of this year’s Hanukkah Lights program and the power of giving in our community! Donations will also be collected for those who have sponsored a family or child through Hanukkah Lights.

 

Chanukah Havdalah

Saturday, December 16, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland
Join PJ Library and Josh Pernick, Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, for stories, edible crafts and Havdalah (a brief ceremony with wine, a braided candle and special spices that mark the end of Shabbat while bringing its sweetness into the week). Pajamas welcome!